Acer TravelMate 4150LMi
Dell Latitude D610
LG LW60 Express
MSI Megabook S260
MSI Megabook S270
Samsung M40 plus
Toshiba Tecra M3
How we tested
If you look at the selection of notebooks tested this month you can pretty much pick a winner in the three categories, of performance, price, and features.
If your mobile need is raw grunt then you just cannot go past the AMD Turion 64 equipped Asus A6000 -- in business and multimedia applications the A6000 was well ahead of the other notebooks and for gaming the Asus had the highest performance in DirectX9. Unfortunately Asus has not finalised pricing for the A6000 but we expect it to be quite competitive.
If you simply need a powerful notebook without too many bells and whistles, such as widescreen display, and more importantly you want to minimise the damage to your credit card then definitely look at the Acer TravelMate 4150 priced at just AU$2299. The Acer was surprisingly fast considering it's modestly clocked processor, in this crowd it is modest at least, and as an added bonus the Acer had the longest battery life of all the notebooks under test.
The overall winner, however, is the LG LW60 Express. The LG is feature rich, has a great widescreen display, was the only notebook to include a keyboard that has a full numeric keypad and at an RRP of AU$3299 is reasonably priced.
This article was first published in Technology & Business magazine.
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